Mouse Bird Snake Wolf Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

'Mouse Bird Snake Wolf' by David Almond is a story of creation and imagination. This lesson plan introduces students to the story and its message. An activity gives students a chance to become creators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot of Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond
  • list and describe the setting and characters presented in the book
  • discuss the moral of the story


Several days to read the book aloud to the class and 45 to 90 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).


  • Assorted classroom and art supplies (e.g. clay, paper clips, pencils, pipe cleaners, feathers, beads, glitter, construction paper and so on)
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  • Begin by reading Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond aloud to the class, making an effort to display the book's illustrations as you read.
  • When you have finished reading the book to the class, allow students to ask any questions they may have before addressing the following discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  • Why is the book entitled Mouse Bird Snake Wolf?
  • What is the setting of the book?
  • Who are the main characters in the book?
  • Why do the children begin using their imaginations and found objects to create things?
  • What do they create first?
  • What do they create second?
  • What is their third creation?
  • What is their final creation?
  • What happens after they create the wolf?
  • How does Little Ben save the day?
  • What lesson do the children learn as a result of this?
  • What is the message of the book?
  • How did the illustrations in the book support its message?

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